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Masonic Angel Foundation Update - January 23, 2003

In this issue - New MAF's, Letters from the Field, More Benevolences

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MAFS
We are pleased to welcome the following new Masonic Angel Fund's:

#57 South Gate Lodge #731, Ft. Wayne, IN 1/13/2003


LETTERS FROM THE FIELD
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The Foundation received the following letter from the trustees of the Hammatt-Ocean Lodge MAF on January 10, 2003.

We wish to advise you of the current status of our Masonic Angel Fund, which was licensed approximately one year ago.

We have now established a working relationship with two Saugus schools, and recently, were able to put into practical effect the reason for our Fund's existence. 

Some weeks ago, on an extremely cold morning, we received an urgent call from the Principal of one of the schools, advising us that two needy children of practically destitute parents had arrived for classes without jackets or coats over their T-shirts. The Principal asked if we could assist, and shortly thereafter we delivered the necessary funding to ensure that these children would now be provided with warm coats.

This week we were contacted by the Principal of the other school requesting us to provide funding which will enable a needy child to be given an eye examination and be fitted with eye glasses that the family cannot afford.

Sincerely & fraternally

Wor. Michael Williams, Master & Trustee
R.W. Jeffrey Arnold, Trustee
R.W. Alan Gilgulin, Treasurer & Trustee
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On January 22, 2003 the Grand Royal Arch Chapter forwarded the following letter from Paul Revere Lodge in Brockton, MA. 

[we have] received letters, indirectly, from some of the children we have assisted. They are pretty heart wrenching and points out the need for such a program.

We are currently taking care of the needs of three of the schools in the city of Brockton. One child came to school without a coat on a very cold morning and a teacher observed her from a window. The child was called into the office and explained that she did not have a coat and that she and her mother were living in an unheated storage shed. The child went home with a coat, that very day. The mother and child were assisted in finding a place in a shelter, that very day.

We in Paul Revere Lodge AF & AM think this is a great program and that it will put Masonry in a whole new light across the country.

Douglas A. Young, Secretary
Paul Revere Lodge AF & AM, Brockton, MA
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RECENT BENEVOLENCES AT UNIVERSAL LODGE

In 1998 two members of Universal Lodge (Orleans, MA) founded the very first Masonic Angel Fund. "MAF #0" has a long-standing commitment to create opportunities for children that will enhance their self-esteem and create an environment for them that is conducive to learning. In keeping with that practice, Universal recently funded a number of partial scholarships to permit four local kids to continue their studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans.

This scholarship provided 58% of the tuition for a 16 year old girl's voice lessons. This child's father is laid off from his regular job and he's working out-of-state to maintain the family's medical insurance. The mother has cancer and this daughter is her primary caregiver. 
This grant covered 50% of a 13 year old girl's dance lessons. She is the daughter of single mom who works in Boston; the father is incarcerated. 
Thanks to an MAF scholarship a "promising" 11 year old boy is able to continue his violin lessons this spring. Both parents are laid off. 
A 16 year old girl received a 30% scholarship to continue her dance lessons. Her father is laid off and there are five kids in the household.
Universal Lodge's MAF trustees believe that every child should be afforded the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. Often, instruction in the arts becomes a bright spot in a young person's life and enhances considerably his or her self-esteem. Most educators agree that a child's ability to learn is tied directly to her self-esteem and overall sense of well-being.

Remember, your MAF should reflect the character and needs of your community. In some places the typical "coats and boots" needs are covered by other charities - but needs remain in the areas of educational enrichment safe recreational opportunities.



SHARE YOUR GOOD NEWS!

Please use our list server (angelfund@listserver.blackwidowweb.net) to share your benevolences and news with others in Masonic Angel Fund family. You also may email your questions and stories to info@masonicangelfund.org 

Better still, if you hold a fund raiser or do some special project in your community send us photographs and a "press release" for the web site.


Remember, the web site and these email broadcasts are everyone's forum to share and learn about how we all operate our Masonic Angel Funds.


CURRENT LIST OF MASONIC ANGEL FUNDS 

For a current list of licensed Masonic Angel Funds, please go here 

We thank one and all for your outstanding support of the Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc. 

Regards to all,

Bob Fellows

Managing Director/Board Secretary

Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc.